With offseason moves at the forefront of discussion, it’s easy to forget about events that transpired earlier this year. Us Blue Jays fans had the pleasure of seeing huge moments from our favourite players this past summer. Kevin Gausman’s tremendous start to the year, Jordan Romano getting save after save in close games, huge homeruns from George Springer, and those insane hot streaks from Matt Chapman and Bo Bichette. It may be easy to recall these fun events, but it’s the not so fun moments that people tend to remember more frequently.
Kikuchi, Merryweather, Pearson, amongst other names represent some not so fond memories from Jays fans this past year. The Blue Jays have already cut ties with a handful of players who performed poorly last season. Raimel Tapia and Bradley Zimmer have both been non-tendered after a lack of offensive contribution. Both players were expected to provide depth in the outfield with the occasional offensive moments. What ensued was not exactly that, as Tapia was inconsistent and Zimmer offered virtually nothing at the plate.
As it stands, the most likely subtraction from the 40-man roster should come from the relievers. Each of Yimi García, Anthony Bass, Trevor Richards, Mitch White and Julian Merryweather are out of options with the latter three options being the likeliest to go.